Seeking interns for Summer/Fall 2020:

Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull is seeking interns to provide support to our teams in our Berkeley office. We’re looking for two part-time interns to work 20 hours a week from mid-June 2020 until mid-December 2020. The internship is paid ($15/hr). This is not a remote position, and both interns must be able to work out of our Berkeley office.

Duties will vary widely day-to-day, but we rely on our interns for time-sensitive, essential work. We proudly strive to help all of our exemplary interns with their job searches upon completing an internship with us. Former interns have gone onto staff positions within Counterpoint/Catapult/Soft Skull or in the greater Bay Area publishing sphere.

Typical duties will include packing and mailing books and other promotional materials, researching and gathering media lists, social media research, writing pitches, composing press releases, copy editing, and various administrative tasks across the company’s publicity and marketing departments. They will also occasionally assist our editorial departments. Interns will work closely with a variety of talented, motivated, and creative people to gain hands-on experience at one of the largest independent publishers today.

The ideal candidates will be exceptionally detail-oriented, organized, open to constructive feedback, efficient, clear communicators, interested in learning the business of publishing, self-managed, able to work well in a fast-paced environment, passionate about the literary world, knowledgeable about media outlets (diverse and niche interest knowledge is a plus), and comfortable learning new software and systems. Interns must be familiar with Google Drive. InDesign, Cision, and/or Meltwater experience is a major plus.

People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. We will consider applicants of any academic background.

Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to Lena Moses-Schmitt at by Friday, April 17, 2020, with SUMMER/FALL 2020 INTERNSHIP in the subject line.

In your cover letter, please tell us what draws you to an internship in publishing, and why you want to intern with Catapult/Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press specifically. Familiarity with our books is a plus. Please also use your cover letter to show us how your background, skills, and past experiences (even if outside the literary world) can be applied to and strengthened by an internship with us.


Our small staff is friendly, fun, hardworking, and heavily reliant upon our interns to keep our momentum. We hire people who are thorough, diligent, flexible, and conscientious, and who enjoy a friendly and fast-paced working environment wherein staff rely on their acute attention to detail. Our interns have the ability and eagerness to pitch in on anything—from galley preparation and manuscript proofreading to website updates and author event planning. If you’re smart, computer savvy, an enthusiastic self-starter, and you love books, then we encourage you to apply.